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Animal lovers urge people to stay away from crackers

Animal lovers in the city and those working for their welfare on Sunday took out a procession requesting people not to use crackers on the day of Kali Puja and Diwali.

The rally started from Tollygunge Metro station and ended in Haridevpur. The participants carried posters requesting people not to use crackers on the days of Kali Puja and Diwali.The animal lovers said the two-day of celebration pose a serious threat to both stray and pet dogs. The stray dogs run for shelter when crackers burst.

Many pet dogs shiver due to fear and many of them develop nausea and even suffer from heart attacks because of the heavy sound of crackers.

They said though the state government had imposed a ban on sound crackers above 90 decibels, but people bring them from neighbouring states and burst them after midnight when the vigil of city police and pollution control board officials slackens.

Hearing the deafening sounds, stray dogs are often found to be running for shelter and sometimes they are run over by speeding vehicles. The pet dogs bark because of the trauma. The birds also are badly hit because of the sound of crackers and other items that pollute the air.

To create awareness among children from an early age an NGO has decided to show slide shows in city schools to students from the primary level. There will be campaign against rabies and on the laws meant for the welfare of animals through posters, pamphlets. Similar campaigns will be held in schools situated in the rural and semi urban areas from January 2017. “If the awareness can be created at an early age then cruelty against animals can be minimised,” said a spokesman for the NGO.
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